LIVE RESULTS: John Fetterman Wins Democratic Primary for Pennsylvania Senate Race

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman poses for a selfie with a supporter.

The Democratic candidate for the United States Senate seat from Pennsylvania in the 2022 primary election, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman,Photo by Keith Srakocic/AP

Pennsylvania is holding primaries for a closely watched Senate race on Tuesday. Polls closed at 8 pm ET.

The race and what is at stake:

The Pennsylvania candidates are facing off in Tuesday’s primaries for the vacant US Senate seat held by Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman easily defeated his main rivals, Rep. Conor Lamb and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, in the race for the Democratic nomination for the job.

Fetterman, the former mayor of Braddock in western Pennsylvania, led the field in the average of Real Clear Politics polls by a margin of 31 percentage points above his opponents before Election Day.

Republicans fighting for the nomination to hold onto the seat include Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity physician endorsed by former President Donald Trump, former hedge fund executive Dave McCormick, former Ambassador Carla Sands and 2020 congressional candidate Kathy Barnette. , which has seen a last minute rise in the race.

On the Republican side, however, the field is much less settled and could see a big upset from Barnette.

McCormick and Oz, two wealthy candidates who have lent their own campaigns $11 million Y $12 million, respectively, have spent much of the campaign attacking each other on the airwaves and largely ignoring their lesser-known rivals.

Barnett, who has raised just $1.7 million through the end of Aprilsaw its support surge from voters and donors alike, even with a last-minute influx of advertising spending by the Club for Growth conservative and anti-tax.

The Pennsylvania primary is also proving to be another battle in an ongoing dispute between Trump and the Club after the two endorsed different candidates in Ohio and clashed over Club ads highlighting previous anti-Trump comments made by Trump-endorsed candidate JD Vance.

Chairman David McIntosh, president of the Club, hopes a Barnette win in Pennsylvania will bring Trump down. The New York Times reported.

Barnette’s appeal among skeptical Republicans from Oz and McCormick, the two big spenders in the race, comes amid a particularly unusual situation. backlash to Trump endorsement of Oz, as recently reported by Insider from Pennsylvania.

While Trump remains as popular as ever with the rank and file, Oz was greeted with boos every time his name is mentioned before his big speech at Trump’s May 6 rally in Greensburg. Meanwhile, Barnette got up Statewide Leather Shoe Campaign Y an eye-catching and emotional campaign ad about abortion where she shared that she was conceived when her mother was raped at age 11.

Barnette has little political experience aside from a 2020 run for Congress, where she lost to Rep. Madeline Dean by 20 points. She backgroundties to Pennsylvania, and long history of inflammation, Islamophobic and homophobic comments have also come under scrutiny.

He is also running on an unofficial ticket with Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, a state senator and a vocal leader in efforts to overturn Trump’s electoral loss in the state. Both Mastriano and Barnette were present at rallies protesting the victory of President Joe Biden in Washington on January 6, 2021, but none entered the Capitol.

Trump criticized Barnette in a recent statement saying she couldn’t win the general election, but said he would support her if she could secure the GOP nomination. The Rise of Barnette it has also fueled infighting among Republicans, with high-profile conservative figures, including Fox News host Sean Hannity completely lapping the trucks to try and prevent a Barnette victory.

And Barnette has reveled in the last-minute fight to stop her.

“His problem with me is that I didn’t ask permission,” Barnette said at a recent event where he also referred to figures like Hannity as “pranksters.” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I just walked through the front door.”

Hub Show support almost equally divided between Oz, McCormick and Barnette before primary day, meaning the winner could clinch the nomination with as little as 30% or even just over 20% of the vote.

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